The Best Things to Do in Israel
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
One would be hard pressed to find a country more steeped in history, culture, and religious tradition than Israel. Once there, you'll find a vibrant mix of modernity and antiquity, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern philosophies and practices, and dramatic landscapes. A major focal point for three of the world's major religions, the spiritual weight and sanctity of the city is almost palpable in the winding streets of Jerusalem.
Pinkhas Eilon St 8, Holon, 5845400, Israel
Opened in 2010, the Design Museum Holon is the first museum in Israel dedicated to design. The iconic building, which quickly became a city landmark, was designed by acclaimed architect Ron Arad. By mounting exhibits on historical and...
Old City, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Jaffa, the oldest seaport in the world, is home to a vibrant multiethnic community of Muslims, Christians, and Jews next to Tel Aviv. Archaeology and ancient documents show that Jaffa has been in existence as a port city for more than 4,000...
Olei Zion St, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
The ever-colorful Jaffa Flea Market, in operation for more than 100 years, inhabits a portside neighborhood of alleyways, covered walkways, and outdoor verandas. Wander the endless market streets to find restored antiques and handicrafts, Judaica...
9171002, Jerusalem, Israel
As the country's largest cultural institution, the Israel Museum is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Founded in 1965, it presents encyclopedic collections of international, Israeli, and contemporary art and...
Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee has had a variety of names since biblical times, but in modern Israel, it’s called Lake Kinneret. Regardless of its name, the Kinneret is the focal point of Galilee. This beautiful freshwater lake is lined with ideal places to...
On a rocky plateau overlooking the Dead Sea lies the 2,000-year-old cliff-top fortress of Masada. Next to Jerusalem, it is the most popular destination for tourists visiting Israel. In addition to its sheer natural beauty, Masada is also the...
Nazareth is described in the New Testament as the childhood home of Jesus Chris, as well as the site where the angel Gabriel told Mary that she was to conceive a child through the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus, it's the location of the Church of...
Migdal St 5, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Gaga is a "movement language" developed by Ohad Naharin, famed choreographer and former artistic director of Israel's prestigious Batsheva Dance Company (he remains the house choreographer). The dance is designed to be a means of better...
The beaches, nightlife, and desert landscapes of Eilat make it a popular destination for both local and international visitors, but it also has a unique coral reef in the Red Sea. Eilat’s Underwater Observatory Marine Park is in the...
Bethlehem, IN 47104, USA
The West Bank city of Bethlehem, about 5.5 miles south of Jerusalem, is sacred to Christians as the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Perched on a hill at the edge of the Judean desert, Bethlehem has been a destination for Christian pilgrims since the...
Caesarea, the city and harbor that Herod built, is now preserved as a national park. A walk along its pathways allows visitors to experience the city’s role as part of ancient Rome and its days during the Crusades in the Byzantine era. Check out a...
מתחם גולדה מאיר, שדרות שאול המלך 27, תל אביב יפו, Israel
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, or TAMA, is home to an extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art by Israeli and international artists—including some from the old masters and those of the 20th century—as well as prints,...
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